Butter bean, sundried tomato and pesto soup

My first “create your own soup” in my new kitchen gadget, stemmed from looking at the courgette pulp in the bottom of the salad draw that I had bought earlier in the week to make into soup and then forgotten about, and needing to make something for my lunch without too much fuss while I…

Vietnamese fish soup

Ingredients: 1 tsp coriander seeds small piece ginger (or galangal), sliced 850ml chicken or fish stock 175g thin rice noodles 2 tbsp fish sauce 2 fat red chillies, deseeded and thinly sliced 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 300g raw, tail-on tiger prawns 200g skinless salmon fillet, cut into small cubes 4 spring onions, chopped handful coriander…

Kale and apple soup

I found this recipe hidden in the Sainsbury’s magazine. Sounds nuts but tastes yummy! Give it a try! Ingredients: 1 large bunch kale 125 g pancetta 4 cups warmed chicken or vegetable stock 2 tbsp olive oil 1/2 large onion, chopped 1 medium apple, cored and chopped 1/4 cup crème fraîche or plain yogurt Seasoning…

Weekly menu 48

Wow, only 4 more weekly menus to go to the end of the year! Warming, rich flavours, comfort by the bowl full. The pasta with chicken livers is delicious and liver is really healthy and cheap too, so do try it! A perfect cheats pasta soup using ready made tortellini is also worth a try,…

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Kicking off this week is Nigel Slater’s lasagne recipe which uses a very indulgent cream sauce instead of the usual béchamel. This is such a fantastic recipe because not only do you get a very indulgent dinner but also a whole batch of ready meals for the freezer – genius! Those of you who have…

Weekly menu 44

Definitely feeling the cold now so some really hearty, warming recipes this week. Some of the meals this week take a little time, so you might want to prep the night before or pre-cook so all you have to do is pop in the oven when you get home from work to finish off. However…

Weekly menu 43

I’m back! I know I disappeared for a couple of weeks but that just means I owe you a week so put it on my tab! This week is British sausage week – hoorah, so kicking off with a lovely sausage casserole. Thursday tapas feast is courtesy of Jamie’s 30 minute meals so although it…

Weekly menu 42

Starting this week with a traditional Peruvian dish of green chicken with rice and ending up almost Christmassy stuffed mushroom. Most measure spoons these days do come with cup equivalents on them, I use the Joseph ones, where 1 cup = 250ml and 1/3 cup is 85ml. Worth investing in if you haven’t got a good set…

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I’m fairly sure as I look out of my window in the office that the scene of darkness and rain before me is winter, proper winter, can someone please tell me where in the heck Autumn has gone?? In addition to the dreadful weather I also have a cold so this weeks menu is heavily…

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Tuesday’s fish fingers are a cheats dream for a quick dinner and they can be prepared in advance to the stage before you cook them and then stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours or freezer for up to 3 months – Billy Bonus! I love food like this because we all have…

Weekly menu 38

Definitely getting more autumnal now and this weeks menu reflects it with warming soups, stir frys and comforting pasta. Monday’s roasted carrot soup with the addition of blood orange might sound like it’s going to be really sweet but trust me it’s delicious and well worth a try. I actually really love autumn and winter for food, all…

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Hello, another week and another menu, this year seems to be racing by! If you’ve never tried paneer before then you should definitely give Tuesday’s stuffed peppers a go. This Indian cheese is really tasty and the spicy twist to normal stuffed peppers is very mooreish, I’ve served it alongside plain rice but you can do whatever…